I will get to the race report soon, but in the interest of keeping things in chronological order, I want to talk about the Olympic Marathon Trials first.
It was a beautiful morning heading into the city!
I will start by saying that no pictures I post here and nothing I can write with my words will describe what an amazing experience it was to see this in person. Being right there while athletes who have trained for years leading up to one race to achieve their Olympic dream was awesome!
What made it even better? Sharing it with other runners (and bloggers) who also are in love with this sport and were just as excited as I was to take in this opportunity!
This is the first time I have ever met up with anyone who I have “met” on-line in real life, so I was a bit nervous, but it was so much fun! Everyone was so nice and I was blown away by how easy it was to hang out with people for several hours who I had never met before!
Thanks to Kellie and Holly, who knew the course layout, we had a great spot at miles 2, 10, 18 and 26. We got to see the men and women each 4 times and since they started 15 minutes apart, there was very little time spent waiting around. It seemed like there was constantly action!
Thank you Holly and Laura for letting me steal your pictures 🙂 I am truly not that great at taking pictures, especially when I am too excited to cheer and don’t want to miss anything.
The men’s Olympic Marathon team will be Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdirahman and the women’s team will be Shalane Flanagan, Desi Davila and Kara Goucher. The finish was heartbreaking for Dathan Ritzenhein, who placed 4th by a mere 8 seconds. He was gaining on Abdi at the end but just ran out of time. Terzah has an amazing post about the emotion she witnessed between Dathan and his family at the finish.
After the trials, Laura and I went to get our race packets and to check out the expo. It was packed, as I think everyone else had the same idea we did! But it was very fun to hang out with Laura and talk about running, racing and life. She is one of the sweetest people I have ever met and I truly enjoyed getting to know her better.
I bought some peanut butter Gu to bring back for Char and I and also picked up an apple pie Bonk Bar because I hadn’t tried that flavor. There were so many exhibitors and I have to admit it was a little overwhelming!
It was a very fun day, but I definitely was on my feet a little too much! When Laura and I went our separate ways, I just wanted to find something to eat and rest! And that is pretty much what I did for the rest of the day. I found my way over to my parents and Brad and enjoyed their company until it was time to head to bed!